December 3, 2010

I’ve always tried to mix it up. I try to avoid getting into ruts of eating the same foods everyday, keep myself from getting bored. When it comes to supper, I’m successful. But during the day I usually end up eating the same things.  As long as I’m enjoying it, I’ll give myself a pass. About a month ago I threw together a healthy granola to eat with my morning yogurt. I truly mean ‘threw’ together. I just put whatever granola like products I had in a bowel and baked it. I love this combination! Its oil-free, fiber filled, goodness with minimal sweetness. I’ve been eathing it almost everyday since it’s creation! I made a mental note of how I did it and recreated the recipe this morning. I thought I would share here. A note to granola lovers: This is not very sweet. If you like it sweet add more honey or brown sugar. Because there is no oil it never gets really crunchy. But I think the crisp, soft texture is quite nice over yogurt.

The goods: 3 Cups Oats, 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds, 1/4 Cup chopped Almonds, 1/4 Cup honey or agave, 4 oz. Unsweetened All Natural Applesauce, 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract, 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. salt plus any other nuts or spices you wish to throw in. This recipe is certainly open to interpretation. I like to buy raw, unsalted seeds and nuts. They are just as good with the added bonus of being healthier. I also suggest adding ground flax seeds after it comes out of the oven. Flax seeds are little health miracles offering a heavy dose of Omega-3 Fatty acids and good fiber!

Mix together and spread evenly on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 mins. at 350. Carefully mix it up, re-spread and bake for another 5 mins. Let it cool completely. Store tightly in fridge. My last batch stayed good for 3 weeks.

Plain Whole Soy is a perfect match in my eyes but I’m sure it would be great with any yogurt and some fruit to top it off. I use 1/2 cup yogurt & a heaping 1/2 cup granola.



Oh Yum

August 23, 2010

I love cereal. I mean really love it. I almost never eat it for breakfast but rather as a late night snack or lazy dinner. I especially love granola. I try to only buy healthy cereals and make my own granola. But I have to admit that I still have a weakness for the sugary kid’s stuff. I am always on the search for a cereal that is sweet yet still on the healthy side. So when I saw Kenzie’s blog about chocolate granola I HAD to try it! I made a an altered version but that is what’s great about cooking, you can get creative and use what you have on hand. I had a new Lindt dark chocolate bar with fleor de sal (fancy sea salt) and used that. Wow that is really good chocolate. The salt adds such a nice touch. It was a perfect companion to the granola.

Result: Wow so delicious. Rich, indulgent, my perfect nighttime snack.


May 13, 2010

I pretty much eat the same thing each morning/afternoon. My schedule can be pretty random. If I don’t have to wake early for a tour I usually sleep in. So breakfast can easily become brunch or lunch. I normally recommend never to eat the same foods over and over. But I love this combination so much that I have eaten it at least 4 days a week for the past year. I call them breakfast burritos but it’s really just lots of sautéed peppers and mushrooms wrapped in spicy tortillas. It’s so delicious and filling.

I always start with coffee.

I love peppers.

Veggies cooking. It seems like a lot but they get smaller plus there is nothing wrong with eating lots of veggies. 🙂

So good!

A side of fresh fruit.

I started out (a year ago) eating burritos with cheese and eggs. Then no cheese. Then no eggs. Now its just tons of veggies. I really need to add some greens to the meal. My journey with healthy food is always progressing. It’s really wonderful when you begin to allow yourself to change.

Me and Nardy!